I'm Janice McCready, I live in the North of England with my lovely family; one husband and two delightful (most of the time) kids.I'm a buyer for a UK retailer, but spend my spare time reading and writing. And then any other spare time I spend online! I'm a moderator here at MNFF and have been known to beta read occasionally!.
I have one novel-length fic up (The Daughter of Light) and am currently working on its sequel, The Severed Souls. It wasn't supposed to be about my OC and Snape, but they ended up taking over! I've also got a few one-shots up and copious amounts of poetry.
Summary: A one-shot fic I wrote about my favorite character in the series. Join Fawkes one night as he flies through the heavens.
I want to say say thanks to my Mom, for reading this and loving it. Also for pointing out a couple of mistakes I had made.
Proof positive that the best things come in small packages. As pieces of writing go, this is a little gem. The writing style is lyrical and feels both modern and ancient. Your mum is right to love this. I love it too.
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you like it! I had to send the approval email you sent to my mom so she could read it! Now that this one is approved, I need to get to work on more stories of Fawkes don't I?
Summary: After his conversation with Dumbledore at King's Cross, Harry wakes and reflects on life and what it means.
2009 Quicksilver Quill Award Winner for Best Poetry!
For the first stanza alone, this poem is worthy of any anthology. What a fantastic affirmation of life. I may well print out that first stanza and stick it to my backboard at work to remind me that I am alive!! To be able to write something profound with so few words is a gift, my friend. I hope to see more of your poems in the queue! (and you could take out those Potter quotes and this would stand alone as a great piece of work)
Author's Response: Wow thankyou. I've been writing poetry for years but I've never let anyone read them before, and this was my first attempt at Potter poetry so it was quite scary for me to submit. So thankyou for your encouragement, it has made my day :)
PoA era: Severus Snape takes a thoughtful stroll down Diagon Alley at the start of the Christmas holidays, but it soon turns into a quite a harrowing ordeal for our favourite Potions Master... UK English. Contains some dark humour. You have been warned!
Characters: Severus Snape, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley, Percy Weasley and (very) minor OC's.
You have managed a wonderfully accurate Snape here... and I am a hard woman to please where Severus Snape is concerned! I love his meanderings as he contemplates the complete nastiness of children. Anyone that can write from the inside of Snape's head with such scathing accuracy deserves to be congratulated - so, congratulations, my dear. Lovely one shot - Snape, in character, in the Humour catageory. It's a rare treat.
Hello Magical Maeve,
gosh, I'm honoured! Not only because it's a lovely review, but it's a review from Staff member! I feel like asking for your autograph, or something :)
I had a lot of fun trying to crawl inside Snape's head and imagining what he thought of the little blighters that ruined his working life. He's so deliciously dry, so wonderfully sarcastic, so completely anti-social that I enjoyed myself a bit too much writing him and made a bit of a canon error half-way through the fic because of it! Didn't even realise I'd done it until it was pointed out to me and I was seriously tempted to yank the fic and redo it (that's how much I loathe canon errors).
However, it stayed as it is, and, thankfully, not too many others have noticed the faux pas!
Thanks VERY much for reading and reviewing (a Staff member - I'm so honoured!). I'm delighted my version of Snape pressed all the right buttons with you!